Accelerating Investment & Innovation Summit 2021






Thursday 23rd September 2021, 09:30-16:30

On a mission to boost investment in innovation for the North East!

As part of our work to grow the region’s investment ecosystem, we partnered with the British Business Bank to deliver the Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit for a second year.

This year’s event took place online and focused on building connectivity between the region’s innovative businesses and the investor community.

The North continues to produce a growing number of innovative businesses, but research shows the innovation funding gap remains an issue.

The online event was FREE to attend and was aimed at anyone with an interest in the innovation funding landscape, including Innovative SMEs seeking access to finance support.

What did the day include?

The Summit theme was ‘Building Connectivity’ with a focus on further developing the Investment and Innovation landscape across the North.

There were core panel discussions which looked at how far we’ve come in the last 12 months and ramped up the opportunity for delegates to drive change and learn from each other with an afternoon of interactive sessions.

  • We heard from the UK’s leading economists, investment analysts, investors, fund managers and policy makers.
  • Gained the latest insight on future trends and market insights.
  • Joined the discussion on how we can all drive diversity across the investment landscape.
  • Met other investors and built new investor syndicates.
  • Networked with SMEs seeking finance.
  • Facilitated nteractive session tackling the challenge of building connectivity in the regions.

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09:30 - 09:35

Welcome to the Accelerating and Investment Summit with Estelle Blanks, CEO of Innovation SuperNetwork

09:35 - 10:30

Identifying opportunities for investment in the North

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10:40 - 11:25

Investing in a recovery landscape

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11:30 - 12:15

Developing a sustainable finance & co-investment ecosystem

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12:45 - 13:30

Fireside Chat: Changing the face of investing

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13:30 - 15:30

Democratising Investment: Is tech really the answer?

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15:30 - 16:30


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